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Craig admits defeat, claims "failure of democracy"

Wed 29 Aug 2012 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

Colin Craig will be in Auckland today Anti-gay wannabe politician Colin Craig has conceded defeat ahead of tonight’s first reading of a Bill which will allow same-sex couples to marry. The leader of the unelected Conservative Party, who has been among the most vocal opponents of lesbian MP Louisa Wall’s bill, says is describing the likely passage of the bill tonight as “a failure of democracy”. Craig claims many MPs are failing to take direction from their electorates on the issue. “The advancement of the social liberal agenda in this country is only possible because politicians lack the courage and integrity to vote the way their constituents want them to,” he continues. His comments come despite clear support for marriage equality in several recent polls. Craig says the Conservative Party “already has research underway, and once it becomes clear which MP’s are failing to represent their electorates, we will be escalating the debate further”. The statement from Craig ends with the announcement that he will today be in Auckland "planning meetings, and writing responses to the overwhelming number of voters that have contacted him, concerned that their MP will not be representing their wishes when the vote takes place."    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Wednesday, 29th August 2012 - 8:05am

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